Wednesday 28 December 2011

A Green Christmas

No frost or snow this year but wintry brightness, low sun and wind roaring in the chimney.
A true green Christmas
I've been cosyed up with my lovely family for days on end and its been ever so marvellous. There have been Lego marathons, hours spent on the carpet building various things and lots of special time devouring books, having family chats, enjoying favourite films and some championship slumping.
Today we spent the afternoon with good friends, tramping through the woods and up the lanes getting some much needed fresh air. My stinking cold returned the day before Christmas Eve and all the preparations were pretty hard work this year. It was a shame not to have my usual energy for it all so I concentrated on just the really important bits and well, we got there in the end.

Thank goodness for my mum who was a marvellous assistant chef on Christmas Day and we all managed to sit down on time and nothing got burnt, so huge result. Cooking the biggest meal of the year with a raging temperature and a hacking cough wasn't perfect but we were all together and having fun and that's what mattered.
Today was just what I needed and I'm definitely on the mend.
And the mulled wine we had at a favourite cosy pub definitely helped me back up the hill!

A few more days snuggled up in my cosy new pyjamas and some Christmas reads will definitely see it off.
Its been a really extra special Christmas so far with some lovely memories made to treasure. And lots more to look forward to with visits to friends and mum's birthday celebrations on New Year's Eve. Time to squeeze in a little more slumping yet though I think. Pass the Roses!


Fi said...

Hi Steph,

Hope you are on the mend.

Gosh, I could see some common ground in that post!

Not only do I have Hugh Fernley-whats-'is-name on my shelf, I managed to consume half a box of roses (Im assuming thats what you meant by 'pass the roses')

And there is a definite need for some walks around here, with more slumping to follow.

If only I had some nice new jammies to do it in....

I particularly liked your photo of the pub window with the holly around it.


Laura said...

Aww hope you feel better soon. My poor girls managed to bring the cold back with them from our trip to Blighty!!! Lovely to catch up on what you've been up to over the holidays. Lx

Proud Mum said...

Lovely Blog...Sending merry wishes from South Carolina:)

Bobo Bun said...

Mirroring you here Steph. Fought off a cold xmas week to get all prepared, hacked through xmas day and ending up sleeping until 11am yesterday.
A bracing walk is really the best thing to knock it into shape. Love the look of your pub. Also a great fan of slumping around in jammies.

Tommorow we've plans for a steam railway trip and then a stomp around a country park think that'll frighten the cold off don't you.

Have a lovely rest of the break - all this family time is wonderful isn't it.


June said...

Hope you get better soon! Yes, I too am a PJ's person - especially very loose fitting ones after all the eating and drinking that's gone on for the last week! A good walk - you can't beat it, especially if there's a pub stop too!

Dreaming Woods said...

it has been very green here in Finland too. but in Christmas eve i woke up to look from the window and saw the first snow landed on the ground. it was very magical. but we have now very green nature again.

your photos are very lovely! thank you for sharing your days in this blog, it is delight to read.

Anonymous said...

Had that horrid hacking cough before Christmas - hope you are feeling better now.

Championship slumping - just love it!

Happy New Year!

(Such a delightful blog by the way)

Ruth said...

Glad to hear you are on the mend Steph - these pesky colds always seem to wallop us at Christmas time! My house is full of coughs and sneezes too. Thank goodness for "championship slumping" - I love that phrase! The walk looked lovely - I feeling invigorated just looking at it.

LandGirl1980 said...

It sounds like you had a truly marvellous festive season. I spent mine completely in my PJ's (christmas ones naturally) and had a lovely day watching movies. Although, hearing of your Lego marathon - I am a tad jealous!

Have a fabulous NYE :)

Sue said...

Hey Steph
Glad your on the mend,Thanks for sharing your lovely post and photo's
Best Wishes to you all
All the best for 2012
Sue xxx

Tina said...

Green and wet holidays in my neck of the woods, too… But your pictures are still lovely! Hope you are doing better by now and didn’t pass on your cold to too many of the others ;-)

Anonymous said...

Wishing you well - and soon! I absolutely must have some new pyjamas, my newest ones were bought in 1999!

Unknown said...

Glad you are on the mend. I love to get out for walks over Christmas - especially if they end up in a cosy pub. I am rather enjoying a pyjama day today - so lovely. I will get dressed before we join some friends for dinner tonight!

bellaboo said...

Oh you poor love,what a time to get the lurgy! Do hope you are on the mend now.The bugs paid us a visit just before the Big Day too.
Your Christmas sounded magical,a very special time with your loved ones.Take care and keep warm and cosy! :0)

Linda said...

Hope you've seen the last of that cough. Looks like a lovely day, what gorgeous pictures. Have a good New Year. xxx

Tracy Glover said...

Lovely pics as always. I really liked the holly around the pub window too. You don't get holly where I live, i really miss it. Hope you are feeling better. Best wishes for the coming new year. xxx

driftwood said...

hope the slumping and the roses help you feel back to full form soon xoxo

Annie said...

Cooking Christmas dinner with a temperature, so not good.

Glad to hear that you're feeling better now :D

Jill said...

I am so glad you are feeling better now, what bad luck to be feeling poorly during Christmas. Love your stripy pyjamas!! and all your lovely photos.
I wish you and your family a very happy new year, pop over to my blog for a chance to win my give-away, might chase away the January blues!
love Jillx

purple-roses-country-cottage said...

Dear Steph, I hope you have had wonderful Christmas days!Thank you for all your lovely posts and pictures!
Ich wish you and your family a happy new year 2012 - may all your dreams and wishes come true! Hugs Nicolexxx

Country Rabbit said...

the whole family has gone down with a sickness bug...we were all fine until after boxing day and then the dreaded lurgie got us ;0P...lovely walks you have had- ive been for many too- i love family walks after all the choc's hehe ;0)x

happy, healthy new year 2012 to you all x

Catherine said...

I love your photos! Your green Christmas is beautiful. I wish we had that kind of greenery where I live.